Okaloosa’s David Youngblood Recognized for Environmental Stewardship

2017 CARES Recipient Farm: Dogwood Vineyard                                                  Location: Baker, Florida Date of Origination: 2007 Commodities: Muscadine Grapes   Download PDF Profile   David Youngblood, owner and operator, of Dogwood Vineyard, in Baker, Florida began growing muscadine grapes on his farm in 2007. What started as a hobby of making wine has now led to growing Muscadine grapes on 2.5 acres of land that …

Santa Rosa’s Mickey Diamond Recognized for Environmental Stewardship

2017 CARES Recipient Farm: JM Diamond Farms                                                   Location: Jay, Florida Date of Origination: 1984 Commodities: Peanuts & Cotton Download PDF Profile Joseph “Mickey” & Lisa Diamond own and operate JM Diamond Farms in Jay, Florida. Diamond’s farm primarily grows peanuts and cotton. The farm was passed down from Diamond’s grandfather and father. Over the years he has transitioned the farm from a …

Calhoun County Farmer Recognized for Environmental Stewardship

The County Alliance for Responsible Environmental Stewardship (CARES) program has always focused on promoting environmentally sound farming practices while educating the public on agriculture’s role in protecting Florida’s Natural Resources. On Jan. 23, with U.S. Representative Gwen Graham in attendance for her North Florida Farm Tour, Steve Yoder Jr., was recognized with a 2016 CARES award for implementing Best Management …

New website spotlights farmers for protecting the environment

Gainesville, Fla. – The Florida Farm Bureau Federation (FFBF) will launch a newly designed website, thisfarmcares.org, to recognize farmers throughout Florida who practice environmental stewardship. The website will also educate the public on agriculture’s role in protecting Florida’s natural resources. Download Press Release (pdf) The This Farm Cares  website recognizes more than 600 farmers who have taken voluntary steps to …

First Year CARES Award Recipient Follows in Father’s Footsteps

Live Oak, Florida farmer William Carte, continues to implement Best Management Practices (BMPs) after his father, Thomas Carte, earned a County Alliance for Responsible Environmental Stewardship (CARES) award in 2001. The CARES program was created by Florida Farm Bureau in 2001 to promote public recognition of state-of-the art agriculture production techniques. CARES recognizes farmers and ranchers who have implemented BMPs …

Nursery farmer recognized for superior conservation practices

Download Press Release (PDF) Gainesville, Fla. – Farm owner Monty Knox, Knox Nursery, Inc., in Winter Garden, has been recognized for successfully protecting water resources on his nursery with a Florida Farm Bureau County Alliance for Responsible Environmental Stewardship (CARES) award. Knox was honored among his peers at the Orange County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting on Oct. 7. Knox is …

Area farmers recognized for protecting water resources

Download Press Release (PDF) Gainesville, Fla. – Three farmers were honored in Hillsborough and Polk counties for successfully protecting water resources. Ranch owner Wiley McCall, Two Crackers Ranch and Two Hombres Ranch, Steve Mathis, Mathis Farms, and Ray Wood, Wood’s Tree Farm were each presented with a County Alliance for Responsible Environmental Stewardship (CARES) award at the Polk County and …